I saw this question: How does python implement modular exponentiation?. It was deleted by its owner, but it is still possible to see the link to cast a close vote.

Edit: If you try to close it you get an error message. So its only the link.

Is this intentional, or is it a bug?

  • I'm sure it's intentional. You still see the "flag" link, too. Should all of those be removed when the question is deleted? Commented May 25, 2011 at 11:10
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    It could be regarded as a bug, but the problem a) only affects 10K+ users and b) those that click on a link that clearly isn't going to do anything. So I'd say "don't click the close" link. The effort in removing it probably isn't worth it.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 11:15
  • @Oded I can now vote to close deleted questions. Is this intentional, or is it a bug? Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 13:02
  • @ShaWizDowArd - That would be a bug. The link should be there, but you shouldn't be able to vote to close a deleted question (not that it hurts).
    – Oded
    Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 13:03
  • Cheers @Oded, better remove the status-bydesign then unless you think we should post new bug report? Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 13:06
  • @ShaWizDowArd - A new bug report would be better (the original here was about seeing the link, which is status-bydesign)
    – Oded
    Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 13:09
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    @Oded found existing report. :) Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 13:18

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Sounds like the developers preferred to keep it simple: for deleted question, ordinary (less than 10K rep) members get Not Found page while the OP and high rep members see the question page "as is", with a different background and a message below the question body saying it was deleted, by whom and when.

While this is possible to request whole different design for page showing deleted answer (that will of course contain no Delete/Close/Flag links) I don't think there is point to change the current design.

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